Seven in 10 Americans trust the U.S. government to protect them from a terror attack, up 15 points since last year, according to the latest Gallup poll released Monday.
Confidence reached a low point of 55 percent in the survey following the San Bernadino terror attack, Gallup reported.
Other results, according to Gallup:
- 42 percent of Americans are worried they will be a victim of a terror attack.
- 60 percent believe a terror attack will happen in the next several weeks.
- 70 percent is down from the 88 percent confidence rating registered in 2001 in the wake of 9/11.
"Majorities of Americans over the years have expressed confidence in their government to protect its citizens against terrorism," Gallup's Justin McCarthy wrote. "However, the level of trust has varied and remains lower than it was in the years immediately after 9/11.
"While confidence in the government to protect against terrorism was high after the 9/11 attacks, the 2015 attack in San Bernardino had the opposite effect — confidence in federal protection declined to a record low."
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 7-11 with a random sample of 1,009 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
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